Derby’s 21st Blue Plaque was unveiled in the heart of the city on Friday 16th March to commemorate the life and work of Robert Bakewell (1682 – 1752).
The latest blue plaque was located on the Yorkshire Bank building on St Peters Street, close to the forge where Bakewell created numerous works, including the iconic gates located at the Derby Silk Mill.
The Bakewell Gates at Derby Silk Mill will soon be removed for a full specialist restoration ahead of their starring role at the new Museum of Making. The gates, which will be returned to their original position by 2020, are part of the original 1721 structure of Derby Silk Mill. The gates guarded the original entrance to the mill across a narrow bridge.
Other famous works by Bakewell include the Rood Screen at Derby Cathedral and the ‘birdcage’ arbor at Melbourne Hall.
Councillor Martin Rawson, Deputy Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Regeneration and the Economy commented:
“We were delighted to welcome members of the Derby Civic Society for the unveiling of the latest Blue Plaque. I very much support this project which recognises and celebrates our rich heritage and the people behind making Derby what it is today.”
The Blue Plaque scheme, which is jointly run by Derby City Council and the Derby Civic Society, is a permanent reminder to people living, working and visiting Derby of the lives and achievements of individuals who helped put Derby on the map. Other Derbians to be commemorated with plaques include: Steve Bloomer, Thomas Evans, Joan Wast and Jacob Rivers VC.